Ayurveda is a form of alternative medicine that emanates fromIndiaand has been practised for millennia. A lot of the remedies that Ayurvedic practitioners have used are derived from the principle that what you eat can affect your overall health. In Ayurveda, a balance is sought to keep your body and mind in perfect harmony. As every person metabolizes food differently, the balance for each person is different. This in turn is relevant to maintaining a healthy heart.
Keep Heart in Good Shape
Well, the heart also needs to be in balance to stay healthy. As well as dietary considerations, exercise, stress and other emotional issues also have to be in a harmonious state to keep your heart in the best shape possible. Those who are sometimes quick to anger (defined as a characteristic of the “Pitta” trait in Ayurveda) will need to use some methods like meditation to keep their emotions in balance to help their heart.
The same goes for those of you who would describe yourself as overweight. There may be many reasons why you overeat, but in Ayurveda a lot of emphasis is put on the awareness of what your body needs to be healthy – and it isn’t the same for each individual. Some have a big appetite and can digest food quickly (classed as Pitta dosha trait in Ayurveda); some have a small appetite and can suffer from digestive disorders (a Vata dosha trait); and then there are those that have a large appetite but their bodies metabolize food slowly (a Kapha dosha trait). If you are not aware of which type of people you maybe, try this Ayurveda test.
The important thing you should take from this is that being aware of what your body needs is critical for maintaining a healthy heart. Indeed, all of us can benefit from taking some basic steps in terms of our diet to making a significant difference in keeping our body and mind in harmony.
- Drinking warm water and organic ginger tea helps with digestion.
- Avoid saturated fats, alcohol and caffeinated coffee.
- Make room for three meals a day in a calm environment and try not to eat snacks in between meals to help avoid overeating.
- Ensure the meals you eat have the right amounts of fresh, organic food and don’t go for processed foods and red meat.
- Use herbs such as Arjuna and Tulsi to aid digestion and help keep your heart healthy.
Of course, these are largely based on common sense. The important point is that Ayurveda provides a context to help understand why you need to be mindful of your diet rather than simply keeping to a one-size-fits-all strict dietary regimen. It is all about balance and making sure that what you eat and how you feel it is beneficial to you and your heart. Making decisions in this light may help you to be more conscious of your lifestyle and assist in maintaining a healthy body.